Animation Fundamental Tools

Maya: Animation Basics

In This Class You’ll Access…
Animation Fundamentals is the first tools page for animation. You’ll learn the major animation features before moving into the graph editor covered in later classes.

We’ll explore the timeline, how to set key frames, hotkeys and methods for moving keys, deleting keyframes, setting playback speed (fps) and all the right click functions in the timeline including play blasting.

In the last section Andrew demo’s a simple animation using the Snow Man character guiding through the tools in action. We’ll cover basic terminology like, holds, transitions, moving holds, anticipation, squash and stretch, grouping of keyframes, arcs and a gimbal rotation fix. Download the snow man scene and follow along.

All the fundamentals so we can start animating with power in maya.

Running Time: 1:06 hrs
Software: Maya 2016
Instructor: Andrew Silke

Class Time: 1:06 hrs

1. Building The Snowman (1:58 mins)

1.1 – Snowman Build (1:35 mins)
1.2 – Snowman Info (23 sec)

2. Setup, Creating/Deleting Keys And Playback Controls (8:33 mins)

2.1 – Framerate Setup (41 sec)
2.2 – Setting Keyframes (24 sec)
2.3 – Delete Keyframe (28 sec)
2.4 – Playback Controls (1:14 mins)
2.5 – Scrub Mode (18 sec)
2.6 – Time Slider Recover (21 sec)
2.7 – Keyframe Attribute (1:21 mins)
2.8 – Channel Box Keys (1:09 mins)
2.9 – Channel Box Adjust (58 sec)
2.91 – Auto Key (1:39 mins)

3. Copy/Paste, Scale, Snap And Move Keyframes (6:43 mins)

3.1 – Moving Keys Timeslider (47 sec)
3.2 – Copy Paste Timeslider (1:03 mins)
3.3 – Middle Click Drag Mode (1:11 mins)
3.4 – Object Copy Paste Keys (1:38 mins)
3.5 – Advanced Copy Paste (55 sec)
3.6 – Timeslider Scale Keys (45 sec)
3.7 – Snap Keys (24 sec)

4. Adding Sound To The Time Slider (1:16 mins)

4.1 – Adding Sound (1:16 mins)

5. Assorted Timeslider Right Click Menu Tools (8:49 mins)

5.1 – Set Range (1:14 mins)
5.2 – Playback Looping (36 sec)
5.3 – Key Ticks (48 sec)
5.4 – Playback Speed (1:36 mins)
5.5 – Grease Pencil (48 sec)
5.6 – Tangents (2:16 mins)
5.7 – Keys Menu (1:31 mins)

6. Manipulator Modes: How They're Keyed (3:52 mins)

6.1 – Manipulator Modes (3:52 mins)

7. Playblasting And Cameras (8:58 mins)

7.1 – Setting Up Cameras (2:56 mins)
7.2 – Playblasting Basics (1:02 mins)
7.3 – Playblast Options (2:31 mins)
7.4 – Saving Playblasts (2:29 mins)

8. Putting It All Together: Animating The Snowman (26 mins)

8.1 – Snowman Camera Setup (1:51 mins)
8.2 – First Pose In-betweens (3:52 mins)
8.3 – Snowman Anticipation (3:26 mins)
8.4 – Snowman’s jump (5:14 mins)
8.5 – Snowman’s Moving Hold (3:10 mins)
8.6 – Arcs And Gimbal (7:08 mins)
8.7 – Playblast Snowman (1:33 mins)

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